Hummingbird

by Nicola Davies (Author) Jane Ray (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
Follow a tiny hummingbird on its journey from Central America to Central Park in a captivating tale with exquisite illustrations echoing the creature's jeweled tones. Tz'unun! Tz'unun! A buzz of wings, a flash of color . . . There's a very special visitor in Granny's garden. It's a hummingbird! And it's just about to begin its long migration, heading north to its nesting ground. Watch as it spreads joy to all who encounter it along its two-thousand-mile trek. In an engaging text sprinkled with facts, zoologist Nicola Davies introduces readers to this valiant bird, lighter than a nickel, while Jane Ray's lush, intricate illustrations, accented in gold Pantone, highlight its jewel-like beauty. More details about hummingbirds, along with a bibliography and an index, are available at the end to budding ornithologists.

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School Library Journal

K-Gr 3--The book's narrative opens in a garden, as a girl and her grandmother bond while watching and listening to hummingbirds. But the girl must leave for the United States and say goodbye to her grandmother, just as the ruby-throated hummingbirds must say goodbye to Central America and fly north. Factual details about hummingbirds are showcased in bolded text without detracting from the story. Though short, the back matter consists of an informational page, index, and bibliography that supplies additional information. Davies seamlessly weaves facts about hummingbird migration into a fictional narrative, with each aspect of the book enhancing, but never outshining, the other. Ray's bright watercolor illustrations bring out the warmth in the interactions that characters have with one another and with the hummingbirds. Though the girl and her grandmother are almost immediately separated, the hummingbirds' journey from Central America to New York and back again make that great distance seem less vast. Perfect for a read-aloud, this picture book is educational while providing opportunities for readers to connect with a story about human migration and family relationships. VERDICT The book, a colorful blend of fact and fiction, raises the bar for its genre and will leave many readers hopeful to hear the "Tz'unun! Tz'unun!" of hummingbird wings in their own gardens. A wonderful addition to any informational picture book collection.--Lauren Hathaway, University of British Columbia

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Review quotes

An accomplished science writer for children, Davies contributes a text that weaves strands of story and fact into a satisfying whole. Ray's radiant watercolor-and-pencil artwork creates landscapes that are full of life, yet orderly and graceful...Lightly combining narrative with relevant information, this beautiful picture book is brimful of quiet charm.
—Booklist (starred review)

The book, a colorful blend of fact and fiction, raises the bar for its genre and will leave many readers hopeful to hear the "Tz'unun! Tz'unun!" of hummingbird wings in their own gardens. A wonderful addition to any informational picture book collection.
—School Library Journal

Ray employs the jewel tones of the birds and the flowers they feed on (such as scarlet sage and trumpet honeysuckle) to create an airy yet lively backdrop that is as full of motion as the fluttering of a hummingbird's wings.
—The Horn Book

A sweet and endearing feathered migration.
—Kirkus Reviews

Nicola Davies
Nicola Davies is a zoologist and award-winning author whose many books for children include Outside Your Window: A First Book of Nature, illustrated by Mark Hearld; Many: The Diversity of Life on Earth, illustrated by Emily Sutton; and The Day War Came, illustrated by Rebecca Cobb. Nicola Davies lives in Wales.

Jane Ray is the illustrator of many books for young readers, including a stunning edition of The Twelve Days of Christmas. Jane Ray lives in London.

Classification
Nonfiction
ISBN-13
9781536205381
Lexile Measure
-
Guided Reading Level
0
Publication date
May 20, 2019
Series
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